Health Science Courses

University of Bridgeport offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with four concentrations: Community Health Education, Exercise and Fitness, Nutrition and Pre-Professional.


Students who earn a BS Degree in Health Sciences - Community Health Education will be prepared to enter a career path that strives to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Students will gain knowledge and experience in ways to protect and promote the health of the public through health promotion, health education, and disease prevention programs and activities. The aim of improving health outcomes of individuals and communities is to reduce disease, promote healthy behaviors, encourage the use of available healthcare services, and reduce healthcare costs.

Graduates of the community health education concentration are eligible to earn a Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

General Education (57 credits)
English Composition 3
First Year Seminar 3
Social Science3
Humanities 3
Fine Arts 3
Health Care Ethics 3
Introduction to Psychology 3
Intermediate Algebra 3
Principles of Accounting 3
Biostatistics 4
Capstone Seminar 3
Anatomy and Physiology I (w/lab) 4
Anatomy and Physiology II (w/lab) 4
Microbiology 4
Introduction to Chemistry 3
Introduction to Biochemistry 4
Research Methods 3
Community Health Education Track (63 credits)
Medical Terminology 1
Seminar in Health Care Professions 1
Current Topics in Health Sciences 1
Introduction to Community Health Education 3
Introduction to Exercise Science 3
Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
Theory of Community Health Education 3
Community Health Planning and Evaluation 3
Community Health Promotion 3
Health Care Administration 3
Health Policy and Management 3
Epidemiology for the Health Sciences Professional 3
Health Sciences Information Literature 3
Health Sciences Senior Project 3
Community Health Internship 3

Electives (24 credits)

Total: 120 credits


Students will be prepared to understand principles involved in exercise science and general fitness. Among the many available careers, graduates might manage a wellness center or work with the elderly in rehabilitation. Program graduates will understand the basics of kinesiology, body mechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, and overall fitness.

General Education (52 credits)
English Composition First-Year Seminar 3
Humanities 3
Fine Arts 3
Healthcare Ethics 3
Introduction to Psychology 3
Biostatistics 4
Capstone Seminar 3
Cellular Molecular Biology (w/lab) 4
Anatomy and Physiology I (w/lab) 4
Intermediate Algebra 3
General Chemistry I (w/lab) 4
General Chemistry II (w/lab) 4
General Physics (w/lab) 4
Exercise and Fitness Track (54 credits)
Medical Terminology 1
Seminar in Health Care Professions 1
Current Topics in Health Sciences 1
Introduction to Exercise Science 3
Introduction to Community Health Education 3
Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
Exercise Physiology 4
Exercise Science Anatomy and Physiology 4
Kinesiology 3
Strength and Conditioning 3
Fitness & Wellness Program Development 3
Human Nutrition 3
Exercise Nutrition 3
Sport Psychology 3
Health Sciences Information and Literacy 3
Fitness Assessment 3
Biomechanics 4
Epidemiology for the Health Sciences Professional 3
Internship 3
Health Sciences Research 3

Electives (14 credits)

Total: 120 credits


Students will be prepared to understand and communicate evidence-based principles of nutrition science. They will understand metabolism and the role of nutrition in health, be able to identify and guide others towards healthy dietary and related life-style choices, and be adept in promoting overall wellness on both a personal and communal level.

General Education (63 credits)
English Composition 3
First Year Seminar 3
Biology Study Skills 3
Intermediate Algebra 3
Social Science 3
Humanities 3
Fine Arts 3
Healthcare Ethics 3
Introduction to Psychology 3
Biostatistics 4
Principles of Accounting 3
Anatomy and Physiology I (w/lab) 4
Anatomy and Physiology II (w/lab) 4
Capstone Seminar 3
Cellular Molecular Biology I (w/lab)3
General Chemistry I (w/lab) 4
General Chemistry II (w/lab) 4
Introduction to Microbiology (w/lab) 4
Research 3
Nutrition Track (57 credits)
Medical Terminology 1
Seminar in Health Care Professions 1
Current Topics in Health Sciences 1
Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
Vitamins and Minerals 3
Food Service Management 3
Comparative Diet Strategy 3
Fitness & Wellness Program Development 3
Clinical Herbology and Botany 3
Health Sciences Information Literature 3
Food Safety and Sanitation 3
Introduction to Community Health Education 3
Introduction to Exercise Science 3
Epidemiology 3
Community Nutrition 3
Nutrition Internship 3

Electives (15 credits)

Total: 120 credits


Pre-Professional advisement sequence will allow students to select 30 semester credit hours from among Health Sciences courses in order to prepare for admission to a Health Sciences graduate program. Students in the pre-professional track will complete the program core and general education courses common to all Health Sciences students.

The UConn School of Pharmacy will accept the following courses as prerequisites:

1st semester
Biology 102General Biology I4 credits
Chemistry 103General Chemistry I4 credits
Math 110Calculus and Analytical Geometry I4 credits
Economics 202Microeconomics3 credits
2nd semester
English 101Composition and Rhetoric3 credits
Chemistry 104General Chemistry II4 credits
Physics 111Principles of Physics I4 credits
General EducationVaries3 credits
3rd semester
Sociology 101Introduction to Sociology3 credits
Biology 113Anatomy and Physiology I4 credits
Chemistry 205Organic Chemistry I4 credits
Biology 320Microbiology4 credits
General EducationVaries3 credits
4th semester
Chemistry 360Introduction to Biochemistry4 credits
Biology 114Anatomy and Physiology II4 credits
Chemistry 206Organic Chemistry II4 credits
General EducationVaries3 credits
General EducationVaries3 credits

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